Tumbledown Dick, or The Taste of the Times
Composer: Libby Larsen
Composer Bio: Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CD’s of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory. As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.
Librettist: Vern Sutton
Premiere Date: May 16, 1980
Producing Company: The Minnesota Opera Company
Description: Based on a Henry Fielding story.
Character List (Major): The Manager(lyr t)
Alfred Muddle(t)
Fustian(bar)
Emelia(mz)
Nova(mz)
Young Phaeton(col s)
Pierrot(lyr bar)
Harlequin(t buffo)
Character List (Minor): Clymene(s)
Desdemona(lyr mz)
Columbine(s)
Othello(b-bar)
Old Phaeton(b buffo)
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Molly and the Stars(5 Children)
Orchestration: fl(picc), ob, cl, bsn, bcl - tpt - hp, pf, perc(timp, log drum, 3 tom-tom, wdblk, tri, crotale, mar, bell tree, bdrum, orff xyl, fing cym, sus cym, sndrum, vib, glass bowl) - str 5tet - walking stick, stringed vihela-like, gong, frums, shakers, bells
Ballet/Dance: Young Phaeton must have gymnastic abilities
Contact: Libby Larsen
E-mail Address: info@libbylarsen.com
Composer Web Site: http://libbylarsen.com
Publisher Web Site: http://libbylarsen.com
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